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New Center for Positive Leadership

November 21, 2023 Sonja Faul
Center for Positive leadership leaders

The Center for Positive Leadership began as the Project on Positive Leadership in 2018. Initial funding to launch the project, came from a gift provided by former university athletic director Vince Tyra, a repeating joint gift for 10 years from the Department of Athletics and Adidas, as well as gifts from the Sam and Bonnie Rechter family.

In April 2023, after a long application process, the University board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee unanimously approved a proposal to create a Center for Positive Leadership changing the name of the Project on Positive Leadership to the Center for Positive Leadership. Grounded in research from positive psychology and positive organizational scholarship, the center’s mission is to increase positive leadership in the world. They do this by promoting interdisciplinary research, providing instructional tools on positive leadership development to individual, businesses, and university instructors, events such as the Tyra Family Distinguished Conversation Series and Leadership Tools Showcases, a suite of Affiliated Professionals and Professors, and their signature initiative, Local WorldChanger groups, people who are motivated to improve the world in some specific way, irrespective of positions or rewards, and who are already working to make that change. These teams take seriously the adage to “think globally but act locally” to make our community better and the Center empowers these teams by breaking down barriers to collaboration through six months of project design, team design, measurement, training, coaching, and accountability structures.

Since April, the Center has gone through rebranding and launched a new website that went live on November 27, 2023.  The Center is staffed by Dr. Ryan Quinn, Academic Director, Ramie Martin-Galijatovic, Program Director, a student intern, Davis Fritz, and an eight-member board of advisors.  They can be reached at or 502-852-9403.

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